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Bill Clinton appears in virtual-reality movie on Africa

In this image made by Felix & Paul Studios and provided by the Clinton Global Initiative, former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits at his desk in New York in part of a seven-minute movie made with virtual reality techniques. Rob Holzer of Matter Unlimited, the creative agency behind the movie, said that when people experience the projects rather than just hear about them, they're more likely to volunteer and donate. (Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël, Felix & Paul Studios/Clinton Global Initiative via AP)

Former President Bill Clinton is taking viewers to East Africa through virtual reality. In a seven-minute movie, viewers with special goggles will be able to follow Clinton’s travels. Footage was captured last spring with 360-degree cameras. What you see through the goggles changes as you move your head left, right and even up or down. In this image made by Felix & Paul Studios and provided by the Clinton Global Initiative, former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits at his desk in New York in part of a seven-minute movie made with virtual reality techniques. Rob Holzer of Matter Unlimited, the creative agency behind the movie, said that when people experience the projects rather than just hear about them, they’re more likely to volunteer and donate. (Félix Lajeunesse & Paul Raphaël, Felix & Paul Studios/Clinton Global Initiative via AP)

For instance, you feel as though you’re sitting in the same living room as Clinton chats with a Tanzanian entrepreneur.

The movie will be shown in New York starting Sunday at the annual meeting of the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative. Special goggles — Samsung’s Gear VR headset — will be set up.

Paul Raphael, the movie’s co-director, says that through virtual reality, “it’s something you visit, something no film or YouTube video can replicate.”

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